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November 24
Guest Speaker Brian Whatland

Yakima Campus – YVCC's Workforce Education Division hosts Brian Whatland, Director of Student Programs at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF). Over the next five years, PSNS will have over 1,000 job openings per year. Whatland will talk with students about the opportunities available both for apprenticeship training and employment openings. The presentation will be held in the Parker Room of the Deccio Higher Education Center on Thursday, December 4, 2014 from 4:00-6:00pm.

PSNS & IMF is focused on providing customers with quality, timely and cost efficient maintenance, modernization, and technical and logistics support. PSNS & IMF has sites in Bremerton, Bangor, Everett, San Diego, Boston, Japan and wherever its workers go to fix ships. The Bremerton site is the Pacific Northwest's largest naval shore facility and one of Washington State's largest industrial installations. The Bangor site is the largest command at Naval Base Kitsap, Bangor, near Silverdale, Washington. For more information visit: http://www.navsea.navy.mil/shipyards/puget/default.aspx.

Helper Program: This program is a one-year developmental program and includes 28 trade programs that students may choose from. The program is college accredited and provides paid tuition, books, full federal benefits, and hourly pay of $15.27-$20.57. Students in the Helper Program may also earn a college accredited certificate.

Helper Program Trades:

  • General Maintenance
  • Tool Parts Attendant
  • Production Machinery Mechanic
  • Production Machinery Electrician
  • Electronic Industrial Control Mechanic
  • Shipfitter
  • Sheet Metal Mechanic
  • Welder
  • Machinist
  • Electroplater
  • Marine Machinery Mechanic Marine Electrician
  • Marine Pipefitter
  • Thermal Insulator
  • Shipwright
  • Composite Plastic Fabricator
  • Electronic Mechanic
  • Painter
  • Fabric Worker
  • Temporary Services Electrician
  • Temporary Services Pipefitter
  • Nondestructive Testing
  • Utility System Repair Operator
  • (Dry Dock)
  • Crane Electrician
  • Crane Mechanic
  • Rigger

Apprentice Program: This program is a four-year program and includes 28 trade programs that students may choose from. The program is college accredited and provides paid tuition, ata degree, full federal benefits, and hourly pay of $17.94-$27.32. Apprentices are paid while attending classes during regular working hours.

Apprentice Program Trades:

  • Production Machinery Mechanic
  • Production Machinery Electrician
  • Electronic Industrial Control Mechanic
  • Shipfitter
  • Sheet Metal Mechanic
  • Welder
  • Machinist
  • Plate Shop (Electroplater)
  • Marine Machinery Mechanic
  • Marine Electrician
  • Marine Pipefitter
  • Insulator
  • Shipwright
  • Electronic Mechanic
  • Painter
  • Fabric Workers
  • Temporary Services Electrician
  • Temporary Services Pipefitter
  • Nondestructive Testing
  • Crane Electrician
  • Crane Mechanic
  • Rigger
  • Utility System Repairer (Dry Dock) Operator
  • Toolmaker

For more information about YVCC's event contact Dianna Gadley at 509.574.4753 / dgadley@yvcc.edu .​

November 20
Winter Concert

Yakima Campus-Yakima Valley Community College Music Department presents the Winter Concert featuring the YVCC Salsa Band, Concert Choir, and Jazz Combo. This concert will be directed by David Blink, Steven Slusher and Jeff Norwood and will be held on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 6:30pm in YVCC's Kendall Hall Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.​

For more information: 509.574.4839.

November 17
YVCC’s Second Annual Student Business Plan Competition

Yakima, WA – Yakima Valley Community College's Business Administration Program, in partnership with Yakima Valley SCORE, and the Student Business Club have teamed up to provide a unique opportunity for YVCC students! The Second Annual Student Business Competition will be held throughout winter and spring quarters and allows students to compete for a variety of gift certificates including a $500 gift certificate to BestBuy and a $400 gift certificate to Amazon. ​


Information Meetings: Information meetings will be held on the Yakima Campus in the Deccio Higher Education Center Room C158 and on the Grandview Campus in the Main Building Room L118.

  • December 3, 2014 at 1:30pm
  • January 7, 2015 at 1:30pm
  • ​January 14, 2015 at 1:30pm

Eligibility Requirements: Participants must be YVCC students enrolled for both competition quarters. In order to be eligible for prizes, participants must complete all business plan competition phases, attend all workshops, and enroll with and engage with a SCORE counselor. All business/innovation ideas must be original and, aside from the use of the SBA business plan template, must be fully completed by the participant (no other outside help, other than SCORE counselor guidance is accepted). Participants must complete all phases of the competition by the deadline dates listed. Participants do not have to actually start the business.​

Registration Deadline: January 16, 2015.

About SCORE: SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and has been mentoring small business owners for more than forty years. Yakima Valley SCORE is made up of a diverse group of professionals and entrepreneurs who volunteer their time and expertise to help you start and grow your business. They provide free, personalized counseling to help you start and operate a successful small business. They also provide workshops for a modest fee for new businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs. The one-on-one counseling helps businesses to identify management problems, determine causes, and propose solutions to these problems. Counselors can also assist by evaluating business plans, marketing, and finances. Information provided by: www.yakimavalley.score.org

For additional information visit www.yvcc.edu/buscomp or contact 574. 6800 x 3226 or beubanks@yvcc.edu

November 17
YVCC hosts Flagger Training

Yakima Campus- Yakima Valley Community College hosts Flagger Certification Training on December 19, 2014. YVCC's Flagger Training provides certification for work zone traffic control flaggers. Participants will receive a flagger handbook, classroom instruction, and group planning activities and have the opportunity to take the Washington State certification exam. The training will be held from 8:00am-4:00pm in YVCC's Yakima Valley Skills Center Building, Room W106, on the Yakima Campus. The cost is $45. Deadline to register is December 17th.

How to Register

      Step 1:  Visit YVCC's Registration Office and complete the Registration Form

      Step 2:  Pay the training fee at YVCC's Cashiering Office

      Step 3:  Bring a copy of your receipt to the training ​

One-day classes are offered at a variety of times throughout the academic year on YVCC's Yakima Campus. For more information contact 509.574.4911 or ljimenez@yvcc.edu

November 13
Yakima Valley Community College Offers New High School 21+ Program

Yakima Campus - Yakima Valley Community College is excited to offer a new opportunity for individuals over 21 years of age who want to earn their high school diploma. Beginning January 2015 YVCC will launch a new program called High School 21+.

High School 21+ allows individuals to apply previously earned high school credit toward their diploma, then finish the rest of the credits required by taking classes at YVCC. As students show competency in specific subject areas, YVCC will grant high school credit. Students are not required to pass the state assessment or complete a senior project. Students may also be able to earn high school credit based on prior knowledge through training and/or work experience. They are required to earn a total of 19 high school credits in the areas of English, math, science, social studies, art, occupational education, health, physical fitness, and chosen electives. Classes completed at YVCC lead directly into credit bearing college courses if students wish to continue and earn their associates degree.

In addition to High School 21+, YVCC offers programming that enables adults to acquire the basic skills necessary to be successful in today's society. These programs prepare individuals for secondary education and employment. The programs allow individuals to improve their English language skills, as well as basic reading, writing, math, and computer technology skills. Programs include: Adult Basic Education, English as a Second Language, GED Preparation, College Alternative Program, High School 21+, I-BEST Nursing Assistant, and I-BEST Business Technology Office Skills. For more information visit: www.yvcc.edu/basicskills.

YVCC offers these programs on the YVCC's campuses in Yakima and Grandview as well as locations in Ellensburg, Sunnyside, and Toppenish. Below is a list of campuses and learning center locations. Call for site specific course offerings and schedules. Assistance is available in both English and Spanish.​

  • Yakima Campus: S. 16th Avenue and Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima, WA 98902                        Call: 509.574.6850
  • Grandview Campus: 500 West Main Street, Grandview, WA 98930                                 Call: 509.882.7000
  • Ellensburg Learning Center: 401 E Mountainview, Ellensburg, WA 98926                       Call: 509.925.4011
  • Sunnyside Learning Center: 2590 Yakima Valley Hwy, Sunnyside, WA 98944                 Call: 509.837.9623
  • Toppenish Learning Center: 516 W First Avenue, Toppenish, WA 98948                         Call: 509.865.4550

In addition, YVCC's has a new adult basic education class in Wapato located at the PACE Alternative High School. The class is open to individuals between the ages of 16 and 20. For additional information please contact 509.574.6850.

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S.16th Ave & Nob Hill Blvd.
Yakima, WA 98902
509.574.4600

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Grandview, WA 98930-1284
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